2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is available as a major on the BS degree and as a minor on both the BA and BS degrees. Criminal justice serves the academic needs and career objectives of a variety of students. The major in criminal justice can serve as preparation for further formal education in graduate or law school, as well as for immediate entry into careers in the criminal justice system. Courses may be selected to emphasize any of the three components of the criminal justice system: police, courts or corrections. Alternatively, students may choose courses that provide exposure to special issues and problems in criminal justice. In addition, the internship program provides students opportunities to experience working in the criminal justice field.

Transfer students may receive a maximum of nine hours credit in the major for criminal justice courses taken at accredited colleges and universities. A maximum of six hours may be counted toward the minor. The chair of the Criminal Justice Department determines the applicability of such coursework to the program's degree requirements.

Honors College

Criminal justice majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors College and should enroll in CRJU 30003 during their junior year and CRJU 40003 during the fall semester of their senior year.

Alpha Phi Sigma

The Criminal Justice department sponsors a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national honor society in the discipline. Any criminal justice major or minor with a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.2 in criminal justice-related courses is eligible.